SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (WSPA) — The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to the Valley Falls Recycling Collection Center regarding the trapped employee.
Upon arrival, they identified Spartanburg County employee Michael Harrison Cooper, 65, as the man trapped between a large trash can and a cement wall, according to the coroner’s office.
Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene.
Spartanburg County has released a statement regarding Cooper.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our county employees, Michael Cooper.
Michael died Wednesday afternoon in a tragic accident at the Valley Falls Recycled Collection Center. Michael Cooper was a valued member of the Public Works Department. According to his colleagues, he was a good-natured and hardworking man who always kept a positive attitude.
Please continue to think and pray for Michael’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to his loved ones. “
According to Spartanburg County, the Valley Falls Collection Center will close early on November 23 and will be closed on weekends and Mondays. The center will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday.
Residents who regularly use the Valley Falls Collection Center can dispose of their materials at the Dexter Road Recycling Center, New Prospect Recycling Center, or any other county recycling center.